Kinney Pioneer Musseum

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Museum Director Kay Ingersol literally guided us by phone to the Kinney Pioneer Museum and Historical Society of North Iowa.  At first we  had trouble finding our way.  After arriving she took us on a whirlwind tour.  The Kinney Pioneer Museum was perhaps the most amazing find of our hosted trip to Mason City, Iowa.  […]

band festival

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois we had a park not far from where I lived and my neighbor’s dad played in a municipal band there on weekends during the summer.  We would go and watch him play sometimes.  When I visited Mason City, Iowa on a hosted trip and learned I was going to the […]

art and sculpture.

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Mason City, also called “River City” has an amazing array of art and sculptures on parade and they encourage the public to choose their favorite and vote on it!  River City Sculptures on Parade is a non-profit group and they are in a partnership with SculptureOne. This partnership has programs like this that exist in […]

The Magic of the Music Man in Mason City Iowa

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My friend Sara Broers of Travels With Sara, had told me that her home town of Mason City Iowa was the birthplace of Meredith Willson, the composer, musician and playwright of the famous of play the Music Man.  I knew that in Mason City there was a museum, and that the Meredith Willson’s home was […]